CREAM OF THE CROP
Faking a natural glow is easy when you use a cream blusher. CHELSIA TAN works her fingers through five.
1 Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel, $57
USING IT: A swipe was all I needed – the colour looked strong when I first picked it up and gradually lightened as I blended it. Though the texture was a little dry, it left a smooth finish. VERDICT: There was still a hint of colour left at the end of the day. It was easy to apply, even for a first-time user like me.
2 Kose Esprique Melty Fix Cheek, $32
USING IT: It comes in a stick that makes application quick and easy. I only needed a light dab on my cheeks and to blend slightly for a radiant flush. VERDICT: The colour lasted the longest. The texture felt a little dry, which could be the reason why the edges crumbled a little during application.
3 Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Creme de Blush, $70
USING IT: This glided on smoothly and left a dewy look. The intense pigment needed a light hand. It required minimal blending – I was done in less than a minute. VERDICT: The colour faded a little after a day outdoors. This would be my go-to blusher on days when I’m in a rush.
4 Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush, $45
USING IT: The pigment looked intense on my fingers but I needed two layers for visible results. Although the texture felt a little oily at first, it glided on smoothly, left no greasy stain and made my skin look hydrated. If you have dry skin, this goes on without caking. VERDICT: It gave me a natural-looking, radiant flush. The staying power was not the strongest as it became less visible by the end of the day.
5 M.A.C Cremeblend Blush, $37
USING IT: It doesn’t give you the colour you see in the palette – it was too sheer for my liking. I had to apply three layers of the product to see a significant pink blush on my cheeks. While it was slightly oily to the touch, it spread out easily, and left a sheer and dewy look. VERDICT: The light tint did not last the day, so it’s best worn with a primer and makeup foundation if you want to minimise touch-ups.